The Student Paper Award is presented to the outstanding scholarly essay read at the annual conference of the SFRA by a student.
1999 Shelley Rodrigo Blanchard, " 'Resistance is Futile,' We Are Already Assimilated: Cyborging, Cyborg Societies, Cyborgs, and The Matrix"
2000 Sonja Fritzsche, "Out of the Western Box: Rethinking Popular Cultural Categories from the Perspective of East German Science Fiction"
2001 Eric Drown and Sha LaBare (tie), Drown for "Riding the Cosmic Express in the Age of Mass Production: Independent Inventors as Pulp Heroes in American SF, 1926–1939," and LaBare for "Outline for a Mode Manifesto: Science Fiction, Transhumanism, and Technoscience"
2002 Wendy Pearson, "Homotopia, or What's Behind a Prefix?"
2003 Sarah Canfield Fuller, "Speculating about Gendered Evolution: Bram Stoker's White Worm and the Horror of Sexual Selection"
2004 Melissa Colleen Stevenson, "Single Cyborg Seeking Same: The Post-Human and the Problem of Loneliness"
2005 Rebecca Janicker, "New England Narratives: Space and Place in the Narratives of H. P. Lovecraft"
2006 Linda Wight, "Magic, Art, Religion, Science: Blurring the Boundaries of Science and Science Fiction in Marge Piercy's Cyborgian Narrative"
2007 Joseph Brown, "Heinlein and the Cold War: Epistemology and Politics in The Puppet Masters and Double Star"
2009 David Higgins
2010 Andrew Ferguson
2011 Bradley Fest, "Tales of Archival Crisis: Stephenson’s Reimagining of the Post-Apocalyptic Frontier"
2012 Florian Bast, "Fantastic Voices: Octavia Butler's First-Person Narrators and 'The Evening and the Morning and the Night'"
2013 W. Andrew Shephard, "Beyond the Wide World's End: Themes of Cosmopolitanism in Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination"